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Refugees in CEE

What does it mean to be a refugee in Central and Eastern Europe? How do newly created or dissolved borders influence refugees’ strategies? What are the social, psychological and political aspects of the process of integration of refugees? In what ways are refugees involved in transnational networks and how does that affect their lives? How is the status of international protection differentiated and what is its impact on protection and social status of refugees?

The section Refugees in CEE explores forced migration in Central and Eastern Europe, it points out similarities and differences in the experience of various actors involved in forced migration and it views the problem of refugees in Central Europe from different perspectives. It is presents diverse personal experience and problems that asylum seekers and refugees have come through, but also analyses of asylum policies and public policy measures concerning refugees on national and European levels.

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On the Syrian Refugee Crisis: A View from Jordan and Lebanon

On the Syrian Refugee Crisis: A View from Jordan and Lebanon

Perceiving the Syrian conflict from the point of view of Syrian refugees and their situation in Jordan and Lebanon brings a much overlooked dimension to the most recent debate on Western military intervention. The Syrian refugee crisis is easily forgotten while it is in fact them and the internally displaced who are fatally paying the cost of this conflict.
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Refugee status for EU nationals of Roma origin in the EU?

The short commentary deals with the issue of Roma rights in the EU. The Roma who are EU citizens are forbidden to request asylum in another member state, but that could possibly change in the future. To prove that the Roma ought to be treated more fairly, the article points out the fact that according to a recent ruling of the Irish Court, denial of education to a Roma child amounts to persecution...
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Families of refugees from Kazakhstan are threatened with deportation in the Czech Republic

21. 7. 09
An open letter to Jacques Barrot, Vice-president of the European, written by Association Droit de l’Homme en Asie Centrale (Association for Human Rights in Central Asia), concerning the situation of Kazakh refugees in the Czech Republic and Slovenia. While facing persecution in Kazakhstan by the state authorities for their religious beliefs, the two European states are inclined to dismiss their as...
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Permanent temporality: In search of solutions for Internally Displaced People in Europe

19. 6. 09 Nadine Walicki
Around two and a half million internally displaced people in Europe are still unable to lead normal lives. Most fled their homes more than 15 years ago as a result of violence and conflict and continue to face problems related to their displacement. Governments have overwhelmingly supported the return of IDPs to their homes over other solutions, even where peace agreements have yet to be concluded...
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A Europe Without Barriers: UNHCR’s Recommendations to the Czech Republic for its European Union Presidency (January – June 2009)

19. 2. 09
The tagline for the Czech Presidency of the EU has been set as “A Europe Without Barriers”. In December last year the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which provides advice to European Union institutions and Member States on asylum questions, put forward a series of recommendations to the Czech Republic in the light of this priority.
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Call for papers: Refugees in Central and Eastern Europe

13. 2. 09
Migrationonline.cz is looking for contributions in the form of studies (maximum 4,000 words), fresh excerpts from the field, reports, essays, interviews (with migrants or experts) and information about interesting projects of NGOs or other organisations to the themes “Refugees in CEE”.
Refugees in CEE

Migrants and Refugees in the Buffer Zone: Asylum Policy in Ukraine

Ukraine plays an important role within the European migration system. Currently, the country is both a labour reservoir for the formal and especially the informal labour markets of the European Union and Russia and a transit and buffer zone for various migration flows towards the EU. Ukraine has become an involuntary destination country for asylum seekers and migrants, but is not capable of coping...
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From Strategic Remembrance to Politics of Tolerance: Memories of the Srebrenica Massacre among the Bosnians in Berlin

20. 12. 07
This article highlights the complex character of memory among the Srebrenica massacre survivors interrogating conventional medical definitions of trauma as a linear category. By examining the fundamental paradox underlying the politics of humanitarianism in Germany (and Berlin in particular) towards Bosnian refugees who fled the Yugoslav wars in the early 1990s, this analysis focuses on a central ...
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Shortcomings of the Czech Republic’s Asylum Policy

7. 7. 06

In the past 17 years, the Czech Republic (and its legal predecessor) has been one of the countries striving to honor the principles of democracy and the rule of law. The required attributes of a democratic state governed by the rule of law typically include the granting of asylum to refugees. Asylum policy is one of the indicators used to gauge the level of development and pro...

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The Refugee Electorate - Past, Present and Future

23. 5. 06
This paper analyses the way in which political affiliations of refugees are influenced by their culture and habits specific to their country of origin, by the circumstances of exile as well as their integration into the new environment. The widespread opinion that refugees in Serbia represent a stronghold of support for the conservative nationalist Serbian Radical Party is questioned. Moreover, th...
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